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Podcast EP 161: How Indie Animator Jeremy Nixon Manufactures Social Media Fame

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 1:03pm

The London-based 2D animator offers up some tips for using ‘TVPaint’ for 2D animation and discusses his journey to social media fame and how he gets gigs with big clients.

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Podcast EP 160: How DM Galloway Animates Action Figures for a Living

The independent stop-motion animator discusses how he grew his YouTube following, how he manages to get brand deals, and what goes into the creation of figure stop-motion animation.

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Podcast EP 159: Alba Medinyà's Journey from Spain to Canada in Pursuit of Stop-Motion

The Spanish illustrator and 2D/stop-motion animator discusses the journey she took to Canada to pursue her animation career, how she found work, and her ultimate decision to return to Spain.

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Podcast EP 158: How Christian Haynes is Creating Indie Series ‘Zach in Time’

The artist and animator shares how he got his original series off the ground, thoughts on self-taught learning vs. animation school, and how to improve your own art.

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Podcast EP 157: How Chelsea Lee Changed Careers from Professional Dancer to Stop-Motion Animator

The artist and filmmaker discusses tips on impressing new clients, how to show confidence when something goes wrong, and what it’s like animating on a stop-motion TV show while pregnant.

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Podcast EP 156: How Laurie Rowan Made His Unique Animation Style Super Sought-After

The 3D animator, artist, and director discusses how to brand yourself to get noticed, how he broke away from the mainstream industry to do his own thing, and the post that made his work go viral.

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Podcast EP 155: How Meaghan Hettler Got Into Puppet Fabrication

The stop-motion animator turned puppet, set, and prop fabricator shares how she switched gears from animator to puppet maker, where she learned her craft, and how much a felted puppet can cost.

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Podcast EP 154: Mercury Filmworks CCO Heath Kenny on How to Leap From Maker to Manager

The animator, writer, producer and development exec discusses careers, opportunities, and choosing the best path forward; he shares his journey from New Zealand to Canada and how he ultimately made the jump to management.

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Podcast EP 153: 3D Character Animator Ayoub Moulakhnif on Building His Career in Morocco

The 3D character artist and teacher shares tips on training as an animator in Morocco, his journey from student to teacher and 3 strategies for increasing artistic self-discipline.

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Podcast EP 152: How Hero4Hire Head of Development Jordan Beck Produced and Distributed ‘Sgt. Stubby’

The development exec shares how he went from working at an infantry museum to raising $25M to fully produce and distribute an award-winning indie film; discussion includes a look at North American distribution and what one skill is needed to get a developer role.

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Podcast EP 151: How Derek Gerber Sells Animated Explainer Videos to Businesses - and Is Really Good at It!

Explainy exec discusses the 3 pillars of running a successful animation studio and shares how to get really, really good at video search engine optimization.

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Podcast EP 150: How James Kerr Has Run a Successful UK Stop Motion Studio for 20 Years

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 8:38am

In AIP’s milestone 150th podcast, the founder of Kerrupt Animation discusses his story of perseverance and incredible luck, with a dash of misfortune thrown in along the way.

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Podcast EP 149: How Vince Commisso Made 9 Story the #1 Children's Content Producer in Canada

Founder of the Canadian children’s media company discusses how to be a successful producer, shares business models for production companies, and looks ahead at 2022 kids’ media trends.

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Podcast EP 148: How Twight is Entering the Animation Industry as an Independent Artist

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 11, 2022 at 9:04am

The aspiring animation artist shares how he picked up the skills necessary for a career in animation, the obstacles faced by independent artists, and his strategy for starting his own studio.

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Podcast EP147: Rachel Gitlevich Shares How Titmouse New York Unionized In 2022

The 2D character animation veteran discusses the unionization of the New York-based animation studio, the history of animation studio unions, and resources for others interested in the unionization of their animation workplace.

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Podcast EP146: Show Creator Ali Kellner on How to Create a Winning Pitch Bible

The Toronto-based animator discusses her festival competition-winning pitch for ‘Melrose Middle School;’ the key to successful pitching; option agreements; and creating a compelling character for TV animation. 

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Podcast EP145: Adam Rosenberg and the Most Ambitious Pixilation Project Ever

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 2:49pm

The indie filmmaker, director, editor, and animator discusses his current production, ‘Alphabetical Athleticalz,’ which just might be the most ambitious pixilation project ever.

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Podcast EP144: Alex Plapinger Shares How to Become an Animation EP

The executive producer shares how he built his career producing projects for TV and short films including ‘Water Bear’ and ‘Desert Island,’ and the more recent FXX ‘Cake’ shorts such as ‘Swan Boy’ and ‘The Beings.’

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Podcast EP143: How William Allinson Gets Stop-Motion Gigs in Toronto

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 1:24pm

The artist shares how he’s built his career working on animated on projects like ‘New Math,’ ‘Dad Fight,’ Canadian Tire spots, and ‘Ultra City Smiths.’

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Podcast EP142: How Isaac King Established a Stop-Motion Career in Toronto

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 27, 2021 at 9:05am

The artist shares how he built a career in Toronto, directing commercial shorts for nearly two decades while producing his own award-winning films including ‘Whatever Tree,’ ‘Fly Away,’ and ‘Sticks and Stones.’

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Podcast EP120: What 26 Years at Pixar Taught Shawn Krause

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 16, 2021 at 1:00pm

The creative director of animation and story at Spire Studios talks about his experience as an animator and animation supervisor at the legendary home of ‘Toy Story.’

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Podcast EP119: VFX Production Manager Wahid Ibn Reza's Career Move from Bangladesh to Canada

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 2:40pm

The writer, director, and VFX/animation production manager talks about how he became an accomplished actor before giving up everything to pursue a film career in Vancouver.

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Podcast EP118: Steve Angel on Running Head Gear Animation For 24 Years

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 25, 2021 at 10:20am

The Toronto studio’s co-founder and director shares how he quickly went from animator to director to starting his own award-winning company in 1997, and how he’s faced many ups and downs over the last two decades.

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